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Friday, March 18, 2011


Trust, only the hottest of the hot get to perform at Essence Fest and whoever wins this competition gets to do just that.  Essence has R&B veteran Pebbles on board to find the next hottest R&B act. Casting calls for this talent search will be held in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. Click here for entry details.
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GRAMMY Award Nominee And Dove & Stellar Award Winner Martha Munizzi To Release "Make It Loud" On April 26, 2011

"Glorious," "Mighty God," and "Because Of Who You Are" are just a few of the songs that have made worship leader Martha Munizzi a household name in Gospel music.  The GRAMMY Nominee and Dove and Stellar Award Winner has literally broken down barriers in the genre.  With a slew of Billboard-charting releases under her belt, Munizzi is known for her spirited performances and powerful songs.  She is preparing to add a new release to her discography entitled"Make It Loud" releasing on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Recorded live in Orlando, Florida, "Make It Loud" is a culmination of EPIC Worship(Experience A Passionate Intimate Connection with God), a global movement of worship that Martha started in her hometown of Orlando.  As she began to pull together fellow worshipers for EPIC, Munizzi states, "God not only began to put us in the path of great singers, but people who are great worshipers.  All of them were leaders in their own respective churches, and already knew how to lead people into the throne room," shares Martha.  Bringing together gifted worship leaders and ministers of music, "Make It Loud" was a live recording of a phenomenal time of praise, and an experience that Martha believes will eclipse any other record she has done. Martha was also joined by special guest Praise & Worship Artists William McDowell, Michael Gungor, Jonathan Stockstill, Lori Morrison, Daniel Eric Groves, and features the debut of Martha's daughter Danielle Munizzi.

"Make It Loud" isn't just a record, but it's a declaration for Christians to stand up and be bold and vocal about their faith.  "I see many artists in mainstream music making very strong, declarative statements," says Martha.  "This generation is not just suggesting a viewpoint, but they are forcefully speaking their opinions as truth. We as Believers have The Truth, so it's imperative to declare the Truth that we know."
Fans of the singer not only will enjoy the title track, "Make It Loud", but also the project's first single, "Excellent", which is based on Psalm 8:1: "How excellent is Your name in all the earth."  The song is a reminder that in spite of what's going on in this world, it all belongs to God.  "No One Higher", another song on the CD which promises to be a future anthem for the church at large, contains lyrics speaking to the awesomeness of God and how everything pales to His greatness.  Through this new release, Martha continues to display her unique style of praise & worship, merging both Gospel and Contemporary Christian music for an amazing spiritual experience.

"Make It Loud" is Martha's first time sitting in the producer's chair, an opportunity that gave her more creative freedom than previous projects.  "I am so excited about this CD," shares Martha.  "I don't think I have been more in love with a project God has given me than I am with this one.  It has a special place in my heart, partly because my daughter is on it and partly because it features some awesome Worship Leaders from right here in Orlando."

Martha Munizzi burst on the gospel music scene in 2002 with the CD, Say The Name.  Since then, she's earned GRAMMY and Soul Train Award nominations and Dove and Stellar Award wins.  In 2004, she was named as one of the top five Gospel artists by Billboard Magazine.  She was also a part of the Sisters In The Spirit Tour in 2005 with Yolanda Adams, Kelly Price, Juanita Bynum, Rizen and Sheila E.  In 2006, Munizzi dropped No Limits Live which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart and stayed there for 6 weeks.  She was featured on the big screen in the movie The Gospel and at BET's Celebration of Gospel.  In 2008, she released "Change The World", which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums Chart, and earned her her first GMA Dove Award for "Contemporary Gospel Album Of The Year."  For more information on Martha Munizzi, log on to

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Jennifer Holliday – The Original Dream Girl and Two-Time Grammy Award winning recording artist, and her pastor, Rev. Raphael G. Warnock (pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ), have collaborated on a new inspirational CD of Warnock’s sermonettes that are seasoned with Holliday’s dynamic vocalizing. The ten-track project entitled, "Goodness and Mercy" (Euphonic Records), releases via Holliday’s own Euphonic Records label on April 19, 2011 with national distribution by New Day Christian Distribution in Nashville, TN.

“What an honor and privilege it is to partner with the legendary Ms. Jennifer Holliday,” says New Day’s Director of Artist Relations, Thomas Rollins. “All of the staff at New Day is excited about the endless possibilities and opportunities distributing an artist of this caliber provides us. We look forward to a long relationship.” The new radio single, “God is Faithful,” is currently available as a digital download on CDBaby.com and will soon be serviced to gospel radio formats for airplay.

Miss Holliday is most famously known for creating and portraying the dramatic role of Effie White in the original Broadway production of “Dream Girls” and her show-stopping signature song, "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." Holliday has since recorded five solo CDs and two Broadway and movie soundtrack recordings. She has also made numerous guest TV appearances as an actress, most notably for playing the role of Lisa Knowles for five seasons on the hit Fox TV show, "Ally McBeal." Today, she continues to perform around the world in concerts and Symphony Pops Orchestra engagements, as well as, guest Broadway appearances.

Since 2005, Warnock has served as pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. A graduate of Morehouse College, Warnock later earned Master of Divinity, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He interned at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where he eventually became a youth pastor prior to holding pastoral positions at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore. Warnock, known as a liberation theologian, is very passionate about Social-Justice. He is an "Activist-Pastor" and is constantly sought after as a speaker and guest commentator for CNN, ABC's "Good Morning America" and the CBS Evening News.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Hale), long time companion and collaborator of  Snoop Dogg has died. The cause of death is unknown. The Long Beach County bred artist suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008.  He passed away at the age of 41.  READ MORE.
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Sunday, March 13, 2011


Jennifer Hudson sings "it's a new dawn, a new day and I'm feeling good" in a Weight Watchers ad as she shows off a figure that's 80 lbs. lighter than her pre-baby weight.  (Hudson has an 18-month-old son, David II,  with her soon-to-be husband David Otunga).

She has been owning red carpets lately with her curvy new bod, which for some reason we see less of on her on her sophomore CD cover, "I Remember Me." Not sure why her people didn't go with a full length shot, but the lady we love to love looks faaaab-u-lous anyway.  "I Remember Me" will be released on March 22.

Meanwhile, she and her fiance are planning to wed some time this year.
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